A high-quality digitization of the complete 1923 edition of the American Type Founders (ATF) Specimen Book. Considered by many to be the culmination of specimen printing, it is an important, and massive volume, documenting the culture of printing, advertising, and typography in the early 20th century. This issue is optimized for mobile devices. This work is in the public domain. Digitized by David Armstrong/Sevanti Letterpress.
August 31, 2021 Subject:
A bit too heavily compressed
Just downloaded the jp2s. The version I received looked closer to 150dpi instead of 600dpi as others have listed. (I'm pretty familiar with resolutions because I do 600 and 1200 dpi scans when I'm analyzing fonts for California Type Foundry.)
In any case, I recommend you just download the PDF or view online. The JP2s are not recommended especially if your internet speed is slower, because the JP2s are not significantly better, showing a lot of pixels and other digital artifacts.
Hope this helps!
But I do appreciate the effort it must have taken to scan a work this large.
May 11, 2016 Subject:
It's not 600dpi
The 1923 ATF catalog is an amazing work of art, and I'm delighted that it's available online.
However, the resolution of the scans leaves something to be desired — they're about 150dpi. That's nice for an overview of a page, but hardly enough to get a good look at the letterforms. There's also a high degree of JPEG compression.
I downloaded the full 1.1GB torrent and looked at both the PDF and the folder of individual .jp2 files. They're the same resolution. The strange thing, the .jp2 files technically are 600dpi (3976x6074), but if you zoom in you can see that the visible pixels are 4x larger. So someone took a 150dpi scan and upsampled it to 600dpi, which does nothing but bloat the file size. Weird!
Because of that, I recommend just downloading the PDF. It's much smaller than the whole archive, and you don't lose any resolution.
March 21, 2015 Subject:
...the greengrocer's apostrophes in Armstrong's new preface probably has Rogers, Goudy and Morris spinning like power plant turbines.
January 28, 2014 Subject:
A good digitization of the ATF classic.
While the overall file size is smaller, this appears to be a better capture (600 ppi) than the version on the Archive with "Hi-resolution" in the title.
February 5, 2013 Subject:
Great scan, fascinating document
1200 pages of metal-type fonts, borders, rules, illustrations, etc. for repurposing to digital use. Thanks, David Armstrong & Sevanti Letterpress!